STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING DESIGN
(A) COMPUTER ANALYSIS OF STRUCTURES (H) ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS
The Structural Engineer with a knowledge and Techniques in computational structural analysis, Influence lines for indeterminate structures, beam on
understanding of material behaviour and structural structural modelling, input data preparation, finite elastic foundations, plates, slabs and bridge decks, shells
actions, is able to design with economy and elegance, element method, efficient use of computer time, and curved structures, multi-storey frames, box girders,
structures that fulfil their intended purpose, while safely checking & implementation of computer results use arches & suspension bridges, space frames, non-linear
resisting the forces to which they may be subjected. of commercial software packages, special topics analysis, structural dynamics.
However, with rapid advances in materials technology (I) DESIGN METHODOLOGY
and availability of advanced computational techniques the (B) REINFORCED CONCRETE STRUCTURES Structural optimization, theories of design, conceptual
successful structural engineer must continuously update Introduction to BS 8110, design of standard RC design, computer aided design and drafting, design office
structures, design aspects of slab systems, foundation procedure management.
his/her knowledge and keep abreast with recent
systems, strong elements (shear walls, deep beams)
developments in structural engineering.
and tall buildings, detailing principles and practice. 1. Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) Degree:
The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Duration: 24 months (part time)
(C) PRESTRESSED CONCRETE STRUCTURES
Moratuwa aims to fulfil the need for Continuing Basic concepts, construction methods, types of
Professional Development by conducting a Postgraduate prestressing materials & equipment, behaviour of PC The candidates selected for the M.Eng. degree
Course in Structural Engineering Design on a part time members in flexure, design for flexure, prestress programme are registered initially for the M.Eng. degree.
basis for practising engineers. losses, shear and torsion, design of continuous However, if the performance of a candidate is considered
members. unsatisfactory the registration may be changed to that of a
The Course is conducted by the Division of Building and P.G. Diploma by the Head of the Department.
Structural Engineering of the Department. This division (D) TIMBER STRUCTURES
comprises experts in many aspects of modern structural Strength properties of timber, durability and Candidates must obtain a pass grade in each of the
engineering design, They have established a close preservation of timber, processing of timber, review subjects in order to qualify for the M.Eng. Degree.
relationship with industry through consultancy and of element design, design of connections, built up
contract research in such areas as concrete technology, members and structural systems. In addition, a suitable research/design project needs to be
timber technology, building materials, masonry structures carried out with dissertation submitted on completion of
and computational structural engineering. Research in (E) STEEL STRUCTURES the project.
design methodology, tall buildings, shell and space Properties of steel, fabrication and erection of steel
structures and finite element analysis are also being structures, protection of steel structures, form Since the staff members have a wide range of research
carried out. corrosion and fire, review of element design, design interests candidates have the opportunity to select
of connections, built up members and structural challenging topics for their projects.
Course structure: systems (trusses, lattice, girders, frames).
2. P.G. Diploma:
The following subjects are taught in three terms with (F) WATER RETAINING STRUCTURES
General design objectives, introduction to the code of Duration : 15 months (part time)
written examinations at the end of each term.
practice (BS 8007) and its limitations, design of
overhead tanks and ground reservoirs, construction The candidates who wish to do a P.G. Diploma only, may
The teaching of these subjects is complemented with register for a P.G. Diploma. Candidates must obtain a
techniques, testing and rectification of water
course works and seminars during which participants are retaining structures. pass grade in each of the subjects to obtain P.G. Diploma.
provided the opportunity to put their knowledge into However, the registration of such candidates will not be
practice. (G) MASONRY STRUCTURES upgraded to that of M.Eng. degree at a later stage. Hence,
Structural idealisation and analytical methods; design those who wish to obtain the M.Eng. degree should not
All lectures are conducted on Fridays and Saturdays. and detailing of buildings, towers, chimneys, register for a P.G. Diploma.
boundary and retaining walls, arch bridges; detailing;
notable structural failures.